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Nintendo Confirms Animal Crossing: New Leaf QR Codes Work Across Regions

Posted on April 26, 2013 AT 01:13pm

The next major chapter of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series will be hitting our shores on June 9th, and when it does, one of its major new features will retain a world of content that already exists for the game.

That feature? The ability to create your own custom items and patterns, and then share them with other Animal Crossing: New Leaf players via QR codes. Customization has of course been a big part of the Animal Crossing series for all of its life, but with the 3DS’ ability to read QR codes, New Leaf fans have not only been able to partake in that customziation, but then also share their creations online.

For me, this was one of the most exciting aspects of New Leaf. I’m huge into fashion, and I’ve spent months looking at (and longing for) some of the amazing outfits that Japanese players have been designing in the game. I mean, there have been some utterly impressive things created, using nothing more than New Leaf‘s built-in tools.

I had a huge concern, however: that those QR codes wouldn’t work across the game’s various regions. With the 3DS, Nintendo made the decision to lock their latest handheld off from being region-free—a decision that still saddens me to this day—and I was afraid that decision would spill over into situations such as these. So, when I recently had the chance to ask Bill Trinen, the director of product marketing for Animal Crossing: New Leaf some questions about the game, my concern over QR codes—and if, for example, Japanese codes would work on the North American version—came up.

“Yes, the QR codes are available in the North American version of the game as well, and will be compatible with the Japanese version,” Trinen replied. “So this means the QR codes from the Japanese version will work on the U.S. version.”

So, yes, Animal Crossing fans—all of those awesome creative you’ve been fawning over since the game’s Japanese release will be ready and waiting for you once you pick up your copy this June. I was already excited to get back into the world of Animal Crossing after missing out on the Wii release, and now I’m even more excited.

If you’ve like to see some examples of what people have already come up with, click here to check out the outrageously extensive Animal Crossing: New Leaf QR-Code Collection website.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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